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As winter fades, many look forward to spring with its longer days and bright sunshine. Drivers often relax their guard, as they no longer have to deal with treacherous winter driving conditions. However, there are still several hazards out there that could put you and your loved ones at risk in the springtime. The spring season brings unique driving hazards. Please continue reading to learn the most common spring road hazards, how to avoid them, and how a determined Bronx Auto Accident Lawyer can help explore your legal options. 

What Are the Most Common Spring Driving Hazards?

The famous saying, “April shows bring May flowers,” is particularly true for the New York region. During the springtime, heavy rainfall, fog, and wind can create treacherous driving conditions. These conditions make the roads slippery, increasing the risk of hydroplaning. Hydroplaning occurs when the tires lose grip on the surface, causing the vehicle to slide uncontrollably on the wet road. Therefore, reducing your speed and increasing your following distance while driving on slick roads is essential. It’s also important to check your tires to ensure maximum traction while navigating slippery roads and monitor the weather forecast to anticipate the road conditions you will encounter.

Warm weather doesn’t just bring rain—it also causes deep potholes caused by repeated abrasions from snow and ice. These potholes can damage vehicles, leading to devastating accidents. During the cold season, potholes are filled with snow and ice. Over time, this causes the asphalt to expand and weaken. Driving over a pothole can result in bent rims, tire blowouts, and damage to suspension systems, which can cause you to lose control of your vehicle. As such, it’s crucial to avoid distractions and remain alert while behind the wheel, scanning for potential roadway hazards.

During the spring, warmer weather means more pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists will hit the road. These vulnerable parties are much smaller than other vehicles, making it difficult for drivers to see them at a distance. This invisibility in blind spots can increase the risk of accidents if drivers aren’t aware of their surroundings. Drivers practice defensive driving to mitigate the chances of accidents.

Furthermore, while we look forward to the longer springtime days, we must be aware of the dangers associated with sun glare. Sun glare can make it extremely difficult to see the road ahead and can increase the risk of accidents. The sun can shine directly into your eyes just after sunrise and before sunset, leaving you blind. When sun glare is an issue, slow down, invest in polarized sunglasses, utilize your sun visor, and leave more room to avoid a rear-end collision.

There is only so much you can do to protect yourself. If you have been injured in an auto accident due to someone else’s negligence, please don’t hesitate to contact a qualified lawyer from James Newman, P.C., who can help you fight for the justice you deserve.